Recycling and Refuse

SB 1383 Requirements for Businesses and Multi-Family Properties

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Subscribe to food and plant waste (compost) and recycling collection service in addition to garbage service.

            Contact Pleasanton Garbage Service at 925-846-2042 if you don’t already have service.

Provide color coded and labeled indoor food and plant waste (compost) and recycling containers wherever there is a garbage bin (not required in the restroom) Bins are to be color-coded using blue for recycling, green for food and plant waste and gray or black for garbage.

  • Sort materials into the proper bins. 
  • Compost: Food scraps, compostable paper, and plant waste
  • Recycling: Cardboard, paper, bottles, and cans 
  • Do not place garbage into the compost or recycling bins 
  • Educate employees, contractors, tenants, and students about the law at least annually. Tenants must be informed of the rules no later than 14 days after move-in and at least 14 days before move-out.  
  • Periodically inspect bins and provide feedback to employees, tenants, and contractors about incorrectly placed items.

 Self-haul, Back-haul or Shared Collection Service 

 Businesses that self-haul, back-haul, or share collection service with a neighboring business must document their alternative arrangements and request a Certification of Recycling Services (CRS). For details visit www.StopWaste.org/Rules.

More information for Commercial businesses CLICK HERE

SB 1383 Requirements for Edible Food recovery

What is edible food? Edible food is food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of appearance, age, freshness, grade, surplus, etc. Edible food includes, but is not limited to, prepared foods, packaged foods and produce. All edible food must meet the food safety requirements of the California Retail Food Code (PDF)

As part of the new SB1382 law, certain food generating businesses* that are defined as either a “Tier 1” or “Tier 2” edible food generators must donate surplus edible food to feed people instead of composting it. Click here for more information and to find a list of Food Recovery Partners available to pick up or receive surplus edible food from Alameda County businesses and institutions.

*Tier 1 sites that must start surplus food donation by 1/1/22: large supermarkets ($2M+ gross annual sales), grocery stores (>10,000 sq. ft.), food service providers, food distributors, and wholesale food vendors. Tier 2 sites that must start surplus food donation by 1/1/24: large health facilities (100+ beds), hotels (200+ rooms), large venues and special events (2,000+ individuals per day), restaurants (>5,000 sq. ft. or 250+ seats), state agency facilities, and public schools.

  • By January 1, 2022: Large supermarkets, grocery stores (>10,000 sq. ft.), food service providers, food distributors, and wholesale food vendors must donate surplus edible food (Tier 1 generators)
  • By January 1, 2024: Large health facilities (100+ beds), hotels (200+ rooms), venues, event spaces, restaurants (.5,000 sq. ft. or 250 seats) , state agency facilities, and schools must donate surplus edible food.

To find out if the food donation requirements apply to your site and for more information on generator thresholds, and resources visit www.StopWaste.org/Rules-Food-Recovery.

For a list of Food Recovery Organizations and Services available in in Alameda County visit Food Recovery Organizations and Services | RE:Source (stopwaste.org)

Waivers

There are two types of waivers available. Sites with an approved waiver will not be required to subscribe to recycling and/or food and plant waste (compost) service (or divert those materials to the landfill) for a five-year period. City had the option to waive collection requirements entities under very specific circumstances. A waiver may be issued for a five-year period.

  • De Minimis Waiver- Generator must produce less than 10 gallons of organic waste subject to collection in a blue bin or a green bin per week: approximately 1 tall kitchen bag
  • Physical Space Constraint- business or property owner that lack adequate space to provide a three required 3-bins.Businesses and property owners must demonstrate the existence of space constraints and that they cannot be addressed through downsizing containers, increase frequency of service, or through other solutions, Verification must be provided by Pleasanton Garbage Service, or City Staff.

To find additional information and the waiver application go to www.StopWaste.org/Rules-Waivers.

Resources Available 

More Information

How To Guide Waste Sorting- Commercial Business

How To Guide Waste Sorting- Multi-Family

For more information about SB 1383 and the Organics Reduction and Recycling Ordinance visit www.StopWaste.org/Rules (English) or www.StopWaste.org/Rules-Languages (Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese).

Technical Assistance

Free support is available to help you determine collection service needs, set up indoor color-coded and labeled bins, establish a food donation program, train staff and tenants, and provide other waste reduction support. To request free phone, virtual or in-person assistance, complete StopWaste’s request form at www.StopWaste.org/Request-Help.

Free Indoor Green Bins

To make separating food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant debris easier, StopWaste is offering free containers and lids for the indoor areas of businesses and common areas of multifamily properties. Up to $500 is available per approved site to choose from over 25 container and lid options, offered by two partner vendors. To apply, visit www.Stopwaste.org/Rules-Resources.

Additional Resources

StopWaste offers free bin labels, a sign-maker tool, training videos, and other useful materials to help businesses and multifamily properties comply with the law. Request or download materials at www.StopWaste.org/Rules-Resources. Visit www.StopWaste.org/Rules-Languages for information about the new law in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.